Yo we should talk! U2’s new SiriusXM Channel debuted on July 1st: U2 X-Radio. There’s mixed results with the dedicated bands channels: Tom Petty who is no longer with us just plays a lot of music. Bruce Springsteen’s channel has some cool moments though not enough of em.
However, U2’s channel has actual legit programming: “The Edge’s show, Close to the Edge, will feature the guitarist chatting with fellow musicians like Tom Morello, David Byrne and Carlos Alomar, along with artists and other prominent cultural figures. Bono, meanwhile, will spearhead Bono Calling. According to a press release, that program will “explore seven questions about life, work, hope and the future” with guests; Chris Rock is up first.”
Close to the Edge Edge’s show with David Byrne is staggering. Edge articulates the threats and suggestions in One. Like what a great phrase. (It makes more sense if you listen to it.)
Both him and Byrne I’ve never heard them discuss their music or their creative process that way. It’s an incredible conversation. It’s GOAT talking to GOAT: we just saw this in The Last Dance with Bird and Jordan. Jordan’s ability to succinctly distill and express his philosophy notable in the “look winning has a price” powerful scene is impressive: it’s clear what he wants and doesn’t want. And that’s what these two guys who happen to be The Edge and David Byrne are doing here. (I don’t think people fully grasp how rare that is: to properly communicate and establish a personal set of high standards.)
There is a free SiriusXM preview going on right now…I dunno for how long so don’t sleep on this. Get this into your life. I listened to that interview twice. Which is what prompted this Hidden Gem. Edge asked David about working with Brian Eno and after David answered dropped this fantastic tune from 2008’s Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.
“Strange Overtones in the music you are playing
We’re not alone
It is strong and you are tough
But a heart is not enough.”
Oh Yes. Excellent Summer jam.
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